Saturday, March 5, 2016

While My Child is Away—A Cover Reveal

While My Child is Away

My newest book from Worthy is coming out early this summer. I'm excited to share the back cover copy and especially the cover!



Back Cover Blurb:
Parents and children are separated for many reasons: divorce, school, camp, even work. It might be for just a few days or indefinitely. These prayers give voice to all that you are hoping for your child when you can t be the one to meet their needs. Prayers of blessings, protection, instruction and grace. Or prayers for those around your child to choose wisely, see their needs, and love them as you would. Prayers for friends, teachers, coaches and mentors to step in and fill every need. Knowing that a loving Father God is caring for your child, even when you can't, gives you the peace and assurance that all will be well.

Why I Wrote this Book
I’ve come to realize that the seeds of faith begin their journey to the light, in the dark.

Raising kids is an amazing privilege. It’s also journey filled with unimaginable highs and devastating lows. I wouldn’t trade my experiences with anyone, but I don’t know how I’d have made it this far without a foundation of faith, paved with prayer.

I didn’t come into this parenting journey equipped with a strong prayer life. For those who’ve known me for years, the idea of me writing a book of prayers seems odd. I was the one who shifted uncomfortably in my chair when the topic of prayer came up, and the one who did everything possible to avoid praying in public.

Somewhere along my life’s path, I’d come to the conclusion that only spiritual people could pray prayers worth hearing. Those would be prayers worth hearing in regard to other people and especially in regard to God.

Then I became a mom . . . of three active boys. As their imaginations grew with ways to get into mischief, so did my fear for their safety and well-being. (Oh, the stories I could tell!)

I did my best to keep them safe and keep my worry in check. But I learned early on that MY best fell way short of what was needed. So I began to pray. I wasn’t comfortable with my words, though. When I prayed it felt inadequate. So I searched for books on prayer and books of prayers. I found the books on prayer, but couldn’t find what I was looking for when it came to books of prayers.

All I wanted was a starting point—a way to release the flood of words stuck in the depths of my worried heart. I couldn’t find anything out there. So out of desperation and as a last resort, I began to write my own prayers.

I learned to take my overwhelming fear to the only One who could protect him. And I left my sons in God’s hands. The prayers weren’t pretty. Often times they weren’t even words. They truly were the groanings we read about it Romans 8:26-27.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was like a seed, planted deep in the ground. I was surrounded by darkness, by rough, rocky soil, pressing in on all sides threatening to crush the life from me. But through that incredible pressure, the shell of my own strength fell away, and I slowly began to push toward the light that I knew lay just beyond the darkness.

And my course of last resort became my strength, It became the first place I turned. Instead of praying in desperation, I began to pray in confidence. When the fears threatened to overwhelm me, I learned to lean into God, instead of turning in on myself.
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28 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading this, Edie.Congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations. Sounds like a wonderful book.

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  3. Edie, I am looking forward to reading your book. I have not gone public with this but I do need prayer. My 14 year old son asked us to send him to Teen Challenge, A ministry that helps those from the age of 12 to ? who struggle with any addiction or life struggle. He is in a center for boys ages 12-17 in VA. A 10 hour drive from us. Over the course of his 14 years he has endured much loss, abuse (not sexual) from a close relative and more. He turned to unhealthy ways of coping. We tried to help but are not trained in this. He loves Jesus so much and wants to get his sin eradicated. (not mentioned out of respect for his privacy) We miss him terribly. He is with Christians that love him and will help him. I can't even imagine having a child in the military. The same God is taking care of them all. I am looking forward to reading your book, my friend.

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    1. Cherrilynn, I'll be praying for your son and for you too. Thank you for trusting us with such a precious prayer request. Blessings, E

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  4. Love, Love, Love this! Thrilled for you! Universal Truth.

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  5. You said it so eloquently, we just can't do parenting by ourselves. We need God. Thank you Edie.

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  6. I love the cover, Edie! Congratulations!

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    1. Lillian and Ane, thank you! I'm so excited and thrilled with the cover!

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  7. This is a great gift book for so many occasions!! I need to order several to have them on hand.

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  8. So thrilled for you, Edie! Awesome stuff!

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    1. Edie, this is wonderful. How exciting and what a blessing it'll be to others who are where you were not too long ago.

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  9. Congratulations, Edie. The cover looks great.

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    1. Erin, Lynette, and Marjorie, thank you!!!

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  10. as i read through your post it occurred to me, my sons (both in their 30's) are not serving in our Armed Forces, but they are as POW's in the spiritual war. they have turned from my and from their faith. Father has instructed me to take my hands and words off and allow Him to do what only He can do. as you say, if not for my faith, i'd not survive this. it tears a mama's heart to shreds. and yet, peace that passes understanding...

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    1. ps, congratulations on your book! i plan to get a copy!

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    2. Robin, I'll be praying for you and your family. I love that phrase, POWs in a spiritual war. There are many in that place. Blessings, E

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  11. Edie, I am so looking forward to reading this and sharing it with my family and friends. Like, Robin, I have children and grandchildren who are in a spiritual warfare, being held in her words as "POW"s. Praying for all those who will be touched by your words. Thank you, thank you!

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    1. Debra, thank you! I'll be praying for your family as well. Blessings, E

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  12. Congratulations on this book! I look forward to reading it. And the cover is beautiful. God bless you!

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    1. Carol, I appreciate you taking time to stop by and leave a comment! Blessings, E

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  13. What a meaningful cover! This book will be such a needed gift to so many. Can't wait for its release!

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  14. I like the cover, and congratulations on another book! This will be a great help to so many parents.

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  15. Love the cover, Edie! And I'm so excited for this book for you! So many parents need this. Much love!

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  16. How exciting! I have loved your other books of devotions and thoughts on praying. I can't wait to see this one in person. I love the cover! What a cool design.

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  17. Edie, this upcoming book has such an eye-catching beautiful design! Your amazing journey is such an inspiration.

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